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SGN summarizes the glamorous Grammys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Vampire Weekend

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

If you weren't glued to the tube like the rest of us on Wednesday night to watch the Grammy Awards, here's a rundown of what took place.

Two pop divas, both with hair extensions - Elton John and Lady GaGa - opened the telecast with a little of this and a little of that. That was better than this.

Song of the Year was presented to the well-deserved writing team behind "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." Meanwhile, Beyoncé was getting ready backstage.

Beyoncé was unusually boring, singing "If I Were a Boy" and a poor remake of a tired classic, Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know." Loved the outfit, loved the bling, but this was a quite forgettable appearance from Miss Knowles.

On the contrary, Pink stole the ceremony with a high-flying number. Squeezed into a peekaboo unitard, she twirled and twirled and twirled on an aerial rope and then dropped to the base of the stage, then arose completely drenched. Who spilled their drink on her? Nicole Kidman? BTW, Pink pinky-swears on Twitter that she didn't lipsync at all. I believe her.

The Best New Artist award was given to "chicken fried" country act Zac Brown Band, who I predicted would win and who are coming to the Comcast Center in Everett this spring.

Miley Cyrus, still looking like a Russian teenage bride, introduced my least-favorite recording artists, The Black Eyed Peas. I'll give them props for a sassy medley of "Imma Be" and "I Gotta Feeling," though the mask worn by Will.i.am was totally uncool.

Jonas Brothers have finally grown up, and to the many Gay men who've been waiting for them to ripen to legal age, it's perfectly okay now to drool over them with no guilt.

Lady Antebellum provided a subtlety to the awards telecast that was both enjoyable and appreciated. They are clearly the best-looking trio in the biz right now.

A surprise win for Record of Year went to Kings of Leon, which allowed the high school cheerleader in me to scream at high pitch, followed by shameful thoughts that ran through my head from seeing Caleb and Jared Followill in cut suits paired with Tennessee accents - yes, there is such a thing as visual dessert.

Legendary "white-winged dove" Stevie Nicks out-performed country phenom Taylor Swift, who should've rehearsed better before going onstage.

Prince and Paris Jackson, in matching arm bands, accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of their father, Michael Jackson. The acceptance speech was simple, brief, touching and not at all awkward - a terrific finale in honor of the King of Pop.

Is it me, or is Dave Matthews looking sexier with time? The daddy of two looked dapper in a pair of dress slacks and matching vest, and at 43 he's in amazing shape.

Best Female Pop Vocal was awarded to Beyoncé for "Halo," though I was secretly hoping Pink or Katy Perry would pull an upset.

First-time Grammy winner Maxwell and R&B icon Roberta Flack matched brilliantly on a duet of "Where Is the Love?" Maxwell should be a model with that lean figure and striking face.

Finally, John Legend (in very tight trousers) and the very aged Carlos Santana revealed the winner for Album of the Year. Nashville sweetheart Taylor Swift claimed the night's top award, and while it wasn't my personal pick, I think Swift is adorable and has many great years of musicmaking ahead of her.

OTHER GRAMMY NOTES
Jason Mraz, my dear young friend, won his first and second Grammy Awards. I called his manager just as they were walking onto the red carpet. I'm told Mraz and his dad went to a record label party, then wound up at Jamie Foxx's after-show bash.

Phoenix, who interviewed with me right here in The Music Lounge two weeks ago, won their first-ever Grammy for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Best Alternative Music Album). I phoned their publicist on Grammy night, and she responded the next morning to say our favorite French rockers were very excited about the win.

I also sent out congratulatory notes to management for two ladies: GaGa and Antebellum. I got a note back from Kings of Leon's publicist, who said, "Can you believe it?" Um, yes I can!

COMING UP
Corinne Bailey Rae, a multiple Grammy nominee from years past, will be my special guest in The Music Lounge on April 9, three days before she performs at the Moore Theatre - visit www.stgpresents.org for ticket information. The British darling has a terrific new album called The Sea, available on iTunes, and it's one of my Valentine's recommendations for those with music gifts in mind. If the name doesn't ring a bell, try the song "Put Your Records On" from 2006. I've got Corinne Bailey Rae coming up in April, so stay glued.

I'm still trying to schedule interviews with Silversun Pickups and Ke$ha - I'll update you with any new news. There's also a chance that indie hipsters Vampire Weekend will be talking with me in the coming weeks. The Brooklyn quartet just put out their sophomore album, Contra, a follow-up to their well-reviewed self-titled debut. The band was in Seattle two months ago for The End's "Deck the Hall Ball," yet there's no official word on whether they'll return on the next leg of their tour - I'm guessing they'll probably swing through here in the summer months. Take a listen to "Cousins" from Vampire Weekend's new album, or "M79" from the debut CD for an introduction to this eclectic act.

Lastly, two recent concert announcements: Ludacris at the Tacoma Dome on April 10 and Paramore at WaMu Theater on May 12. Ticketmaster should have tickets available for both shows

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